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Dar El Awlad Children's Home

 

Dar El Awlad Children's Home

Cares for up to 32 of the most vulnerable Syrian refugee and Lebanese children, who have either been abandoned or have lost their parents as they fled from the war. The children are certainly well cared for – including trauma informed care - and all attend the Dar el Awlad school.

“Dar El Awlad” means “The Children’s Home” in Arabic and provides a home for 32 vulnerable boys who have been orphaned or are from families too poor to care for them. We have rescued them from some really difficult situations, giving them a safe place to live, nutritious meals, an education, and much more.

The children cared for by three dedicated house parents who work to create a family-style atmosphere. In addition to attending school, our children learn proper personal hygiene, participate in Bible studies, and receive counselling for emotional trauma. In the community, many of these kids would be without rights or importance, so part of our mission is to show them that they have inherent value.

It has been such a blessing to have one of our former DEA boys, who is now grown and married, coming to the home to disciple and build relationships with some of our boys. In all cases, we aim to reintegrate the boys back into the local community and find a ‘forever home’ for them.

Oasis Care Centre: A story of hope

Meet David (name changed to protect privacy)

When David first came to Dar El Awlad home in 2019, he was shy, thin, and very sensitive. He is the child of an Ethiopian mother and Syrian father, but his father left before he was born. Without resources to adequately provide for her son, his mother was living in one room with 10 other women, where David didn’t have a bed. He didn’t play with other children or even go outside much, a terrible life for a six-year old boy. Eventually, we were alerted to the desperate circumstances and accepted him into our home.

It took some time for him to adjust to being around other children, sleeping in his own bed, and playing games outside. Being in the classroom was also difficult for him at first, as he struggled to focus. Over time and with consistent care, David is doing much better socially, academically, and emotionally. We were recently able to obtain his official identity papers, which will allow him to receive a school certificate every year. Healing doesn’t happen quickly, but we are committed to walking this journey with him, showing him that there is hope for the future.

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